Toprak: “He needs the bonus, he has two babies” / Superbike World Championship

“I had great fights in every race and I am runner-up in the world,” said Toprak Razgatlioglu, summing up his Superbike season. With the second feature race in Australia cancelled, he finished fourth.

Second, second and fourth: Australia’s 42 points were enough for Toprak Razgatlioglu to finish second behind Álvaro Bautista (Ducati) and ahead of Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki).

“The sprint race was good, but the second main race is always more important,” said Razgatlioglu. “I did my best, but after ten or twelve laps my rear tire started to lose weight. When Alex Lowes passed me, he pushed for two laps. Then I saw his rear wheel skid too. So I wanted to wait and try to pass him in the last two laps.”

But then the race was stopped after the crash of Eugene Laverty and Xavi Fores and counted after lap 17. “Alex was very lucky,” smiled Toprak. “But he needs the bonus, he has two babies. Jokes aside, I’m happy for him, he was very strong this weekend. I didn’t finish the last race of the season on the podium, but I’m runner-up in the world. And I had great fights in every race”.

Could there have been more against Bautista and Ducati this year? “I gave it my all in every race,” Toprak emphasized when meeting with SPEEDWEEK.com. «My big problem was the races at the beginning of the season, then it got better. We didn’t become world champions, but everyone in the team gave their best. Álvaro was very strong this year, but I’m happy anyway. We have improved ourselves and the bike significantly and we will get a lot of new parts for next year, that is a good prospect. Next year we will be racing in Australia at the start of the season and we will have a test beforehand. I hope we can find a good set-up for the races. This track has never been the best for Yamaha.”

Furthermore, Razgatlioglu cannot play to his greatest strength, ultra-late braking, on the fluid Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit. “Even if the track doesn’t suit my style, I still like it,” said the 26-year-old. “Normally I prefer the slow corners. However, I won my first race with Yamaha here in 2020. But the bike felt better back then, the rear wheel wasn’t spinning as much. We had different tires at the time.”

World Superbike Championship result: Phillip Island, race 1
pos. driver motorcycle weather
1. jonathan rea kawasaki
two. Toprak Razgatlioglu yamaha + 6,247 sec
3. alex lowes kawasaki +15,435
Four. Andrea Locatelli yamaha +18,342
5. Alvaro Bautista ducati +19,369
6. garrett gerloff yamaha +36,235
7. Axel Basani ducati +37,641
8. xavi virgin sling +43,137
9. loris baz bmw +57,704
10 tetsuta nagashima sling > 1 minute
eleven miguel rinaldi ducati > 1 minute
12 kyle smith kawasaki > 1 minute
13 Xavi Fores ducati > 1 minute
14 Lucas Mahías kawasaki > 1 minute
fifteen. Hafith Syahrin sling > 1 minute
sixteen. scott redding bmw > 1 minute
17 Leandro Mercado sling > 1 minute
18 eugene laverty bmw > 1 minute
19 oliver king kawasaki > 1 minute
twenty Philipp Oettl ducati > 1 minute
outside michael vs mark bmw
outside About Nozane yamaha
Superbike World Championship Result: Phillip Island, Superpole-Race
pos. driver motorcycle weather
1. Alvaro Bautista ducati
two. Toprak Razgatlioglu yamaha + 3.285 sec
3. jonathan rea kawasaki +3,328
Four. alex lowes kawasaki +6,670
5. Andrea Locatelli yamaha +9,238
6. scott redding bmw +9,328
7. garrett gerloff yamaha +12,173
8. xavi virgin sling +13,427
9. Xavi Fores ducati +17,416
10 loris baz bmw +18,069
eleven Lucas Mahías kawasaki +27,298
12 Hafith Syahrin sling +29,522
13 Axel Basani ducati +32,064
14 Leandro Mercado sling +35,276
fifteen. eugene laverty bmw +35,868
sixteen. Philipp Oettl ducati +40,015
17 About Nozane yamaha +50,920
18 kyle smith kawasaki +51,281
19 tetsuta nagashima sling +51,701
twenty oliver king kawasaki > 1 minute
twenty-one michael vs mark bmw > 1 minute
22 miguel rinaldi ducati > 1 minute
World Superbike Championship result: Phillip Island, race 2
pos. driver motorcycle weather
1. Alvaro Bautista ducati
two. jonathan rea kawasaki + 0.209 sec
3. alex lowes kawasaki +3,797
Four. Toprak Razgatlioglu yamaha +4,016
5. Andrea Locatelli yamaha +11,086
6. scott redding bmw +16,328
7. miguel rinaldi ducati +19,934
8. Philipp Oettl ducati +20,257
9. tetsuta nagashima sling +25,158
10 loris baz bmw +27,177
eleven Axel Basani ducati +27,520
12 michael vs mark bmw +28,195
13 Lucas Mahías kawasaki +37,655
14 oliver king kawasaki +46,608
fifteen. Leandro Mercado sling +48,526
sixteen. About Nozane yamaha +48,909
17 Hafith Syahrin sling +49,034
18 eugene laverty bmw +36,492
19 Xavi Fores ducati +36,544
twenty kyle smith kawasaki > 1 minute
outside xavi virgin sling
outside garrett gerloff yamaha
Status of the 2022 Superbike World Championship after 36 of 36 races
pos. driver motorcycle Points
1. Alvaro Bautista ducati 601
two. Toprak Razgatlioglu yamaha 529
3. jonathan rea kawasaki 502
Four. miguel rinaldi ducati 293
5. Andrea Locatelli yamaha 274
6. alex lowes kawasaki 272
7. Axel Basani ducati 244
8. scott redding bmw 204
9. Iker Lecuona sling 189
10 xavi virgin sling 164
eleven garrett gerloff yamaha 142
12 loris baz bmw 125
13 Philipp Oettl ducati 85
14 Lucas Mahías kawasaki 61
fifteen. michael vs mark bmw 46
sixteen. eugene laverty bmw 36
17 Roberto Tamburini yamaha 36
18 Luca Bernardo ducati 35
19 Xavi Fores ducati 33
twenty About Nozane yamaha fifteen
twenty-one tetsuta nagashima sling 13
22 Ilya Mikhalchik bmw 10
23 Hafith Syahrin sling 10
24 Christophe Ponsson yamaha 9
25 kyle smith kawasaki 4
26 leon haslam kawasaki 4
27 Oliver König kawasaki 3
28 tarran mackenzie yamaha 3
29 Leandro Mercado sling 3
30 Peter Hickman bmw two
31 jake wins yamaha 1

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